Thursday, Jun 8 2023 | Time 00:15 Hrs(IST)

Over 850 people detained in France at protests against pension reform - Interior Ministry

Over 850 people detained in France at protests against pension reform - Interior Ministry

Paris, Mar 22 (UNI) Over 850 protesters have been detained in France during demonstrations against the recently passed pension reform, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.
"Since Thursday, 855 people have been detained in France, including 729 in Paris. Some 843 people have been placed in custody," Darmanin told BFMTV broadcaster.
Earlier in the day, riot police used tear gas against protesters at an oil refinery in the French city of Fos-sur-Mer in the south of the country as they tried to block access to the oil depot, 20 Minutes newspaper reported. Demonstrators reportedly gathered to support the forced-to-work strikers. Three police officers were injured in the clash, the newspaper reported.
The police also used tear gas against radical demonstrators who had gathered on the Place de la Republique in Paris after they started throwing firecrackers and glass bottles at the officers, according to a RIA Novosti correspondent.
On March 16, the French government adopted a law on raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 years without holding a final vote in the parliament, triggering Article 49.3 of the constitution, which allows the government to adopt legislation with no need for a parliamentary vote.
Since then spontaneous demonstrations against the bill have been taking place in Paris. For two days in a row, the French staged protests against the pension reform on the Place de la Concorde in Paris in front of the Palais Bourbon, the meeting place of the National Assembly. According to the interior ministry, 10,000 people gathered in front of the assembly on March 16, and 4,000 the next day.
There have already been eight nationwide strikes and hundreds of demonstrations in France within the last two months, with over 1 million people taking part in most of them. During the protests, clashes often broke out between the police and protesters.
According to Darmanin, the ninth nationwide demonstration will take place in France on March 23, to which 12,000 police officers will be deployed, with 5,000 in Paris. The minister noted that over 300 police officers had been injured during the two months of protests against the reform.

More News

Passenger van overturns in central Afghanistan, injuring 14

07 Jun 2023 | 7:43 PM

Bamyan, June 7 (UNI) At least 14 commuters sustained injuries on Wednesday after a passenger van turned turtle in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province, a statement of the provincial police released here said.

see more..

Four killed, 10 wounded in highway crash in N Egypt

07 Jun 2023 | 7:41 PM

Cairo, June 7 (UNI) At least four women were killed and ten others wounded when a pickup crashed with an agricultural tractor on a highway in Egypt's Nile Delta Province of Gharbia on Wednesday.

see more..

Four IS militants killed in operation near Baghdad

07 Jun 2023 | 7:36 PM

Baghdad, June 7 (UNI) Four Islamic State (IS) militants, including a local IS leader, were killed Wednesday in an operation north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.

see more..

China, Russia complete 2nd stage of air patrol

07 Jun 2023 | 3:52 PM

Beijing, June 7 (UNI) The Russian and Chinese armed forces on Wednesday completed the second stage of the sixth joint air patrol over the Western Pacific, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

see more..

Air India to send plane to Russia after US-bound flight's emergency landing

07 Jun 2023 | 3:42 PM

Moscow/New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) Air India said on Wednesday it will be sending a replacement plane from Mumbai to ferry stranded passengers from its US-bound flight that made an emergency landing in Russia over an engine snag.

see more..